A long lease has been signed for the West Wight Safer Neighbourhoods Team to relocate from the existing Yarmouth Police Station to the nearby Yarmouth Harbour Office this Summer in a cost-cutting move, it has been announced.
The move falls in line with the Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes’ estates strategy to ensure neighbourhood policing remains at the heart of local communities whilst money is saved by reducing the number of Police stations in operation.
Recently, Shanklin Police Station’s front office has been closed and Cowes Police Station is set for a total closure.
Speaking about the relocation, Mr Hayes said:
“In June of last year, I consulted with the local population in Yarmouth regarding plans to relocate West Wight SNT. At that consultation, the public were reassured that the team would remain in the heart of the community, with no change to the current service provision. Police Officers will continue to carry out their patrols and meet members of the public and key partners regularly in various locations locally.”
Sgt Mark Lyth of West Wight Police added:
“There will be no change to the team make-up, structure or services we currently provide.
“We can’t move in until we have security and IT issues organised and this is in hand. The old station will be sold in due course and this will result in that money being put back into frontline policing.”